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John F. Stark

Managing Director

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425 California Street, Suite 2600
San Francisco, CA 94104

+1.415.399.2142 Direct

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John Stark is a Managing Director at Ankura based in San Francisco. John has over 20 years of legal, compliance, and investigative experience working with outside counsel and companies on consulting and expert witness engagements in disputes, corporate investigations and governmental oversight, and compliance.


These teams and solutions provide functional expertise in forensic accounting, economics and statistics, and cyber and privacy, as well as in-depth industry expertise in the healthcare, banking and consumer finance, technology, private equity, and energy sectors.

Previously, John practiced law at Shearman & Sterling in New York. During law school, John worked for numerous financial and regulatory institutions including the SEC, the CFTC, and the Export–Import Bank of the United States.

Representative litigation projects include:

  • Complex Commercial Disputes: Valuation, market definition, liability and damages consulting and testimony across a wide spectrum of disputes including intellectual property, merger and acquisition post closing disputes, representations and warranty (R&W) insurance claims, breach of contract, supply chain, and antitrust
  • Class Action Litigation: Class certification and damages consulting and testimony in false advertising, privacy, securities, antitrust, and employment
  • Computer forensics and e-discovery
  • Trial support and graphics

Representative investigations and white-collar projects include:

  • Assist counsel with management and board directed investigations of whistleblower claims and regulatory inquiries involving accounting irregularities, corporate fraud and abuse, and the FCPA
  • HHS OIG, DOJ investigations
  • Corporate and individual white-collar defense involving the SEC and DOJ
  • Data breach and IP/trade secret theft investigations
  • Healthcare IRO and DOJ and SEC monitorships

Representative regulatory and compliance projects include:

  • Financial restatement and accounting remediation
  • Privacy and cyber related compliance
  • FCRA compliance
  • National security/CFIUS and export control advisory and compliance
  • JD, American University, Washington College of Law
  • BA, Pepperdine University
Honors & Awards
  • Who’s Who Legal says: “John Stark is a top performer who draws effusive praise from market sources for his broad experience on corporate fraud, accounting irregularities and eDiscovery.”
  • Licensed to Practice Law in New York
  • Spanish

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